Revue  Noire rn°13

Revue Noire rn°13


Arts and AIDS

Chris Seydou


Revue Noire N°13 : CAMEROON                       EXTRACT (THE 30 FIRST PAGES OF THE MAGAZINE / 96 p.)

Editor Jean Loup Pivin. With portfolios : Pascale Marthine Tayou, Bili Bidjocka, Dicko, Mbezele Solo Aloys… Contemporary art in Cameroon : art, photo, literature, dance, theatre, music, architecture, heritahe, design, ritual art, talks, memory, news. Special  "African Artists and AIDS". Tribute CHRIS SEYDOU (fashion designer, Mali). Edition June 1994. In French and English. 56 pages 28x38 cm.    (20 €  OUT of PRINT - only AVAILABLE in PDF)

Of Love
Can one blame our day and age for having invented techniques designed to better understand mankind and especially for having convinced us, momentarily, that the destiny of a society or an individual depended upon these same techniques ?  History, sociology, psychoanalysis, and ethnology have so profoundly invaded reality that it has been transformed into an vast hymn of commentary. In response, artistic creativity has never stopped desiring to kill itself and then be reborn, sometimes forgetting « The Days of Geniuses ». The burial had to take place. Therefrom has perhaps sprung a proof of our liberty. Yet what liberty besides that of despair ? An existence made up of acts, of exchange and confrontation, of love and hate, of doubts about life and death, little adapts to structures and schematic categories aiming to deconstruct a hypothetical “how”, when it is the “why” that alone interests us.
Why did Chris Seydou die ? Why are the Sudan, Angola, the Congo, Burundi and Rwanda, liquidating fantasies of difference by means of horror and death ? Why has Cameroon approached the abyss of hate ? Why AIDS ? Why should one continue to believe that love will triumph when selfishness and murderous madness vomit up mass graves everywhere ?
Has death become a human being’s primary liberty, its contemplation the sole object of his life ? (extract of the editorial, J.L. Pivin)


ART / Pascale Marthine Tayou, Bato, Joseph Francis Sumégné, Barthélémy Toguo Tamakoné, Bili Bidjocka, Mbezele Solo Aloys, Diako, Nzante Spee, Pascal Kenfack, Komégné, Dikoumé, Kouam Tawagje, Joël Mpah Dooh, Ndjeng Rigobert Aimé, Hervé Yamgen, Pefura, Tchebetchou, Doual'Art

ART / Braïma Injaï, Tapfuma Gutsa, Kan-Sy

PHOTO / Thomas Nintcheu Monkan, de Barros Duchêne, Mix Gueye, Boubacar Touré Mandémory

LITERATURE / SPECIAL AIDS / Mongo Beti, Blaise N'Djehoya, Antoine Assoumou, Fernando d'Almeida, Marcel Saint-d'Anchs, Bole Butake, G.B. Samie Moukhat, Marcel Zang, Jonathan Kenfack Guimezang, Michèle Rakotoson, Koulsy Lamko

CINEMA / Ba Kobhio, Jean Pierre Bekolo

MUSIC / Jacques Elangué, Les Têtes Brulées

DESIGN / Danièle Diwouta Kotto

TRIBUTE / Kris Seydou, Alphadi, Mickael Kra, Reine Pokou, Oumou Sy

TALKS MEMORY / Simon Njami, Doual'Art, Marilyn Douala-Bell, Didier Schaub, Adame Ba Konaré, Pauline Awa Bary, Cléo Sary